T&T Coast Football Top 10, 9/20/16
As another week goes by, more changes are coming to the Shore Sports Network Top 10.
Three teams earned significant wins during Week Two, and it’s those victories against ranked teams from last week that will cause all the shuffling heading into Week Three.
In the only matchup of top 10 teams, Brick scored an impressive 29-6 win over Jackson Memorial to improve to 2-0 and jump four spots in the rankings. Red Bank Catholic picked up a thrilling 30-27 win over Middletown North thanks to a last-minute field goal by Ryan O’Hara, giving Frank Edgerly his first win back at the helm of the Caseys. In Class B Central, Keyport rallied past Asbury Park, 14-7, to start 2-0 for the first time since 2009.
The top four teams in the top 10 all won to maintain their spots in the rankings. No. 1 Middletown South was in a dogfight with Ocean until pulling away for a 37-22 win. Quarterback Mike Husni had another five-touchdown performance in No. 2 Toms River North’s 40-12 win over Brick Memorial. Third-ranked Manalapan blanked Southern, 41-0, and No. 4 St. John Vianney received a huge game from running back Chris Chukwuneke in a 41-14 victory over Raritan.
Sixth-ranked Rumson-Fair Haven had a bye, while Wall beat up on Central, 41-6.
Brick’s win moves the Dragons up four spots to No. 5, while Wall moves up one spot to No. 7. Jackson Memorial falls four spots to No. 9. Red Bank Catholic enters the rankings, as does No. 10 Freehold Township, which is 2-0 for the first time in over 13 years.
The game of the week is once again in Class A South where Toms River North hosts Brick on Saturday night. Other games of note include Middletown South at Manasquan, Mater Dei Prep at Keyport, Ocean at Red Bank Catholic, Howell at Middletown North and Manalapan at Old Bridge.
Shore Sports Network Top 10
1. Middletown South (2-0). Last week: No. 1
Senior quarterback Aneesh Agrawal threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns and sophomore running back Anthony Summey ran for 124 yards and a score to lead a 37-22 come-from-behind victory over Ocean. Senior Maxx Imsho caught three passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and also made six tackles, one sack, one interception and one tackle for loss. Senior wide out Samson Dube had eight receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown and senior Jeremy Joyce also hauled in a touchdown. Next game: The Eagles travel to Vic Kubu Warrior Field on Saturday afternoon to take on Manasquan (2-0) in a Class B North game.
2. Toms River North (2-0). Last week: No. 2
Senior quarterback Mike Husni had over 325 yards of total offense and five touchdowns for the second straight game to power the Mariners to a 40-12 win over Brick Memorial. Senior wide receiver Darrion Carrington caught a pair of touchdown passes and Rutgers-bound senior Bryce Watts caught another. Senior Janaire Bradley had an interception return for a touchdown. Next game: The Mariners have a massive Class A South game at home on Saturday night against No. 5 Brick.
3. Manalapan (2-0). Last week: No. 3
Junior running back Naim Mayfield ran for a touchdown and returned a punt for a score, and junior quarterback Luke Corcione tossed three touchdown passes in a 41-0 nondivisional win over Southern. Junior fullback Chris Maksimik added a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown. Next game: The Braves have a very intriguing nonconference game against Old Bridge (2-0) on Friday night. The Knights feature FBS recruit Artur Sitkowski at quarterback.
4. St. John Vianney (2-0). Last week: No. 4
Senior Villanova-bound running back Chris Chukwuneke ran for 171 yards and five touchdowns and added a 40-yard catch as the Lancers cruised past Raritan, 41-14. Zyaire Sterling had a kickoff return for a touchdown. Next game: St. John Vianney welcomes Red Bank (1-1) on Friday night in a Class A Central game.
5. Brick (2-0). Last week: No. 9
The Dragons served notice they are contenders for the Class A South title when they took down previous No. 5 Jackson Memorial, 29-6. Senior quarterback Anthony Costanza ran for three touchdowns, senior Ja’Sir Taylor had a touchdown run and junior Josh Garrett blocked two punts. Brick’s defense held Jackson to 248 total yards. Next game: The Dragons have another gigantic Class A South game on Saturday night on the road at No. 2 Toms River North (2-0).
6. Rumson-Fair Haven (1-0). Last week: No. 6
The Bulldogs had a bye in Week Two and are coming off a 41-0 win over Raritan to open the season. Next game: Rumson hosts Holmdel (0-2) in a Class A Central game on Friday night.
7. Wall (2-0). Last week: No. 8
Senior running back Sean Larkin ran for a career-high 189 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-6 wipeout of Central that has Wall off to its first 2-0 start since 2013. Junior Chevesee Covin ran for a 43-yard touchdown and junior quarterback Eddie Scott threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver R.J. Janezcek. Next game: The Crimson Knights look to continue their fast start when they host Raritan (0-2) in a nondivisional game on Friday night.
8. Red Bank Catholic (1-1). Last week: not ranked
The Caseys earned a thrilling 30-27 win over previous No. 8 Middletown North thanks to a go-ahead 24-yard field goal by sophomore Ryan O’Hara with under a minute left in the game. Junior running back Zach Bair led the RBC rushing attack with a career-high 155 yards and two touchdowns while junior Nick Brusca added 90 yards. Junior quarterback Tommy Lang had touchdown passes to senior Max Hazard and freshman Kevin Bauman. Next game: The Caseys host a dangerous Ocean (1-2) team looking to snap a two-game losing streak on Friday night at Count Basie Field.
9. Jackson Memorial (1-1). Last week: No. 5
The Jaguars fell to Brick, 29-6, in a Class A South game for their third straight regular-season loss to the rival Dragons. Senior quarterback Dan Barker had the lone touchdown on an eight-yard run, while senior running back Mike Gawlik ran for 115 yards and is now just 37 yards away from the program’s career rushing record. Next game: Jackson will look to rebound when it hosts Central (2-1) in a Class A South game on Friday night.
10. Freehold Township (2-0). Last week: not ranked
The Patriots make their debut in the top 10 thanks to the program’s first 2-0 start in over 13 years. Senior quarterback Charles Sabbagh threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns while senior kicker Tyler Schulman had three field goals in a 44-7 win over Colts Neck. Senior wide out Adrian Rybaltowski had five catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns and senior Tyrique Hall had five catches for 100 yards and a score. Next game: The Patriots host Marlboro (1-1) in a Class A North game on Friday night.
Dropped out: No. 8 Middletown North, No. 10 Asbury Park.
Teams to watch:
Howell (2-0): The Rebels are averaging 38 points per game behind junior quarterback Eddie Morales, and dispatched Freehold, 41-21, to improve to 2-0. Junior receiver Naz Brantley had a big game with five catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Next game: Friday night at Middletown North (1-1).
Manasquan (2-0): The Warriors are 2-0 for the first time since 2011 after a 7-6 nonconference win over Woodbridge. Next game: Saturday afternoon vs. No. 1 Middletown South (2-0).
Keyport (2-0): The Red Raiders used a powerful rushing attack led by sophomore Devin Wallner and his 146 yards, plus a stifling defense that had four interceptions, to defeat Asbury Park, 14-7. Keyport is 2-0 for the first time since 2009. Next game: Saturday afternoon vs. Mater Dei Prep (2-0).
Mater Dei Prep (2-0): The Seraphs trounced Dunellen 42-6 and have outscored their opponents 77-6 over the the first two weeks. Next game: Saturday afternoon at Keyport (2-0).
Lakewood (2-0): The Piners blasted Donovan Catholic, 52-14, with junior quarterback Zyhier Jones throwing four touchdowns and running for another. Next game: Friday night at Jackson Liberty (0-2).
Point Boro (2-0): Junior quarterback James Fara had a pair of touchdown runs and the defense stood tall in a 28-12 win over Lacey. Next game: Friday night at Donovan Catholic (0-2).
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